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Judge enforces a Dutch government order for EA to remove FIFA lockboxes or face over $11M in fines

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This has been a long and drawn-out battle, so let us review: Back in 2017 when the outrage against lockboxes was at its highest...
We were so certain we had this.

Canadian class action lawsuit argues EA’s lootboxes constitute illegal gambling

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Ah, it's a good thing for the companies relying on lockboxes that people have completely forgotten about those this year, isn't it? Turns out...

EA’s advertisement of FIFA lockboxes in a children’s toy catalogue draws mounting criticism

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It would appear that Electronic Arts didn't learn from the last time it pulled this kind of nonsense, but apparently there was still fuel...
We never like these things.

PEGI adds lockbox warnings to rating labels

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That sure didn't take long. Earlier this week, we found out that the ESRB would be adding a specific content warning to games in...
Planet of hates.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is getting rid of locked lockboxes altogether

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The process of getting crates in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is not necessarily all that rewarding. You pay your hard-earned BP to get a crate, and it...

UK’s children’s commissioner calls for tighter legislation on lootboxes

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A report from UK children's commissioner Anne Longfield is calling for stricter laws on lootboxes and to amend current gambling laws to include lootboxes,...

Predictably, the ESA rebuffs UK call to ban lockboxes, citing nebulous transparent lockbox plan

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Yesterday, we covered the UK government’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee panel report on addictive technologies: Readers will recall that the lengthy...

EA’s infamous ‘sense of pride and accomplishment’ post now holds a Guinness record – for Reddit downvotes

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By now, we're all familiar with the 2017 comment by EA about how lootboxes provide "a sense of pride and accomplishment." The remark was...

The ESA says a crapton of game companies are finally embracing lockbox transparency

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Under pressure from no less than the US Senate, the FTC held the first of its planned video game monetization workshops today, and while...
Now my stats are good!

US Senator takes aim at lockboxes and pay-to-win with ‘Protecting Children From Abusive Games Act’

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The gamblebox issue isn't dying down any time soon, it appears. As Kotaku first reported, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has announced he plans to...

EA cuts sale of FIFA currency in Belgium in ongoing lootbox legal conflict

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Remember back in 2018 when Belgium cracked down on gambleboxes in video games, zeroing in on Overwatch, FIFA 18, and CSGO and ordering them...

Ireland signed declaration of concern but won’t regulate lockboxes as gambling

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Remember two weeks ago when a bunch of representatives from the Europe and US cosigned a declaration noting concerns over skin-betting and lockboxes at...
We never like these things.

International regulators co-sign declaration to investigate lockboxes and skin gambling

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If you thought Belgium and The Netherlands were going to keep on standing alone in the fight against lootboxes, you were very much mistaken,...
Kick it down the road.

UK researchers identify link between lootboxes and problem gambling

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Are lockboxes just another form of gambling? That depends on which government entity, scientist, lawyer, or doctor you ask. But maybe the question we...
Oh dear.

Star Wars Battlefront 2: The AMA, Wall Street, and the Belgian gambling commission

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In case you ever wanted to sniff the distinct scent of internet dumpster fire, you probably should've gone to the Star Wars Battlefront II...

UK lockbox gambling regulation petition receives baffling government response

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A formal UK petition requesting that video game gambling laws be adjusted to include language covering lockboxes passed 10,000 signatures earlier this week, ensuring...
We never like these things.

But seriously, lockboxes suck, even if the ESRB doesn’t think they’re gambling. Stop buying lockboxes.

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So, MMO players. Are you tired of hearing about lockboxes and gambleboxes? It feels like we've been complaining about them for like six or...

Academics and addiction experts weigh in on ‘pay-to-loot’ gambleboxes and lockboxes

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"Pay-to-win" is old news now -- game designers' new plan for hoovering all the cash out of our wallets is "pay-to-loot." According to IGN's Nathan...

Massively OP’s Best of 2016 Awards: Best MMORPG Trend of 2016

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Massively Overpowered's end-of-the-year 2016 awards continue today with our award for Best MMORPG Trend of 2016, which was awarded to the staggering resurgence of MMORPG expansions...

Tamriel Infinium vs Hyperspace Beacon: Three ways to make lockboxes work better in MMORPGs

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Last week, I stirred up a hornet’s nest by bringing up the topic of lockboxes and how I really didn’t mind them in general. Hyperspace...

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